Appraising the Situation

Harry Huang Asian Art Appraiser

Asian Art Appraiser, Harry Huang

With every passing week it seems that Michaan’s Auctions Appraisal Event has grown in attendance.  It appears that the power of television has caused a flood of new traffic to stream through the event at rates never seen before.  For those of you who are not quite as familiar with Michaan’s Wednesday Appraisal Events, I’ll try to show you the ropes.  Let’s count down some helpful facts and information regarding the free service.

5)Each person can have up to five pieces appraised at the event. Not to worry, it works like this: grandma’s chair counts as one. Grandma’s silver service set for eight counts as one.

4)The event is held every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. An easy way to remember: it’s hump day, it’s lunchtime, bring it on over!

3)You have an Asian vessel, a World War II firearm, an old coin, a framed print and a diamond ring.  Can someone be helped at the appraisal event with such a mishmash of items? The answer is yes!  Not only are specialists on hand that cover specific categories such as Asian art, but more than one generalist appraiser is usually available to look at the unusual and the curious.

2)You made it to Michaan’s Main Gallery with your things; what do you do to get seen? It’s so very simple.  When you walk in there will be a sign in desk. Fill out your information on the provided sheet.  Then just have a seat and when the appropriate specialist is available your name will be called and you will be seen.  If you have a variety of items and need to see multiple specialists, you will continue to be helped on a first come, first served basis – it’s that simple.

1)Your main goal is to have your items appraised so they can be auctioned at Michaan’s.  Can this be expedited at the appraisal event? Of course; if that is the case we actually have the same goal.  After the specialist evaluates your item(s) and provides estimate(s), a contract can be opened on the spot and your item(s) slated for future auction.  Terms and conditions will be laid out in detail; all you need is a minimum of $1,000 in sellable property and we are ready to roll!

Please visit the Michaan’s Auctions Appraisal Event every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Main Gallery located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.  Find out if you are sitting on a treasure


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